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Letters Allocation of NHS Resources

Tensions between healthcare equity and health equity must be debated

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 25 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4133
  1. Sheena Asthana, professor of health policy1
  1. 1Faculty of Health, Education and Society, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
  1. sasthana{at}

Bambra has based her analysis of what would happen if NHS allocations were based on age alone on a false premise.1 Nobody has suggested that age alone should determine allocations. Andrew Lansley said that those deciding allocations should be looking at the “respective burden of disease” and that age was the principal determinant of disease …

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